Britain’s Royal Marine troops seized Iran’s giant oil tanker in Gibraltar on Wednesday urged Tehran’s anger and raising the confrontation of the republic with the West.
The vessel is trying to bring supplies to Syria which violates the sanctions of the European Union.
The Grace 1 oil tanker was postponed to Britain on the southern tip of Spain after sailing around Africa, the long route from West Asia to the Mediterranean.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry called on the British ambassador to voice their harsh opposition to the illegal and unacceptable seizure. Reuters reported.
The diplomatic action eliminated any doubts over Iranian ownership of the ship, flying the Panama flag and listed company-managed company in Singapore.
The Panama Maritime Authority said yesterday that oil tanker Grace 1 was no longer listed in the country’s international bot registration since May 29.
United States security adviser, John Bolton, described the action of Britain as an excellent news.
“The US and our allies will continue to block the regime in Tehran and Damascus from continuing to profit from this illegal trade,” Bolton said on his Twitter account.
Shipping data acquired by Reuters showed the vessel carrying Iranian oils loaded off the shore of the country, although documents say it was from neighboring Iraq.
While Europe has banned oil transportation to Syria since 2011, it never seized tankers at sea.
Unlike the US, Europe does not impose widespread sanctions on Iran.
“This is the first time the EU has done something openly and very aggressively.
“I imagine it is also in line with some actions with the US as members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are involved,” said law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Matthew Oresman, who gave the company a view of restrictions.
He said the move was likely to be an indication of Syria and Iran, as well as the US, that Europe took a serious crackdown on sanctions and the block also responded to Iran’s ongoing nuclear talks.